21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2017: Matt Regnart

Matt Regnart
California

Matt Regnart, Honing, oil, 16 x 26.

Matt Regnart, Honing, oil, 16 x 26.

Art Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University.

Style: Mostly contemporary realism, but sometimes I paint in a more abstract manner where texture plays a big role in creating the illusion of depth.

Creative Spark: Other artists, life, hobbies, people-watching, and nature.

Second-Choice Career: I would say a professional golfer. I started playing golf when I was 6 years old, and it’s been a passion of mine ever since. There were definitely times when I thought about making it my career.

Other Passions: Carpentry, music, and golf.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I love cold weather with lots of fog.

Biggest Fear: A fast-approaching deadline.

Pet Peeve: When someone is talking about a painting and refers to it as a drawing. For example, “You drew that?”

Quirkiest Trait: I whistle from time to time and sometimes talk in weird voices.

Mantra or Motto: From St. Francis of Assisi: “He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

Favorite Studio Music:
I listen to a bit of everything, including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, Bad Company, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and so many more.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: Artworks by Andrew Wyeth.

Future Goals: Continue to develop my painting skills enough to one day be able to paint full time.

Price Range: $250 to $3,500.

Representation: www.mattregnart.com.

This story was featured in the September 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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